Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Daily Mail sources report that Manchester United are "close to" bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club and are "confident" of the deal. The report also indicates that United forward Wayne Rooney asked for a transfer last month.
Ronaldo, 28, played for United from 2003 to 2009. He was sold to Real Madrid for a world-record £80 million fee in 2009.
According to the Manchester Evening News, a potential cash-plus-player deal to bring Ronaldo back to United could depend on Javier Hernandez. Real reportedly prefer Hernandez, a 24-year-old Mexico international forward, to Nani.
Rooney, 27, joined United in 2004 from Everton, where he was managed by David Moyes. Outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson told Rooney last month that Rooney would not be sold, according to the Mail.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Rooney for £25 million.